Essex County Divorce Mediation Lawyers

Even in an amicable divorce, spouses may have trouble agreeing on the specifics. In a contested divorce it is even harder to find middle ground as each side digs in its heels. More and more couples are taking advantage of mediation — voluntary or court-ordered — to resolve their divorces without litigation.

The family law attorneys of Iacullo Martino, LLC, can help you explore a mediated solution. Our Nutley law firm provides mediator services, serving as a neutral party to help couples facilitate an out-of-court settlement. We can also provide legal counsel to one spouse during mediation as part of the divorce process.

Is mediation right for you? Contact our Nutley law office today. We handle family law mediation in Essex County, Passaic County and Bergen County, Morris County, Union County, Hudson County and throughout New Jersey.

Divorce And Child Custody Mediation Attorneys Nutley, Newark, Clifton And Surrounding New Jersey

Divorce litigation is costly, stressful and leaves your fate in the hands of a judge. Mediation aims for the elusive win-win solution — less cost, less time, less animosity and more control over the outcome. Both parties are more likely to adhere to a mediated settlement than conditions imposed by the court. This is especially important to the co-parenting relationship after divorce.

We provide mediation at two different stages:

  • Pre-divorce mediation — Couples may hire a mediator before initiating divorce to resolve any and all issues of dissolving a marriage: child custody and parenting time, child support and alimony, marital property and debts. The mediator drafts a Memorandum of Understanding which becomes the basis for a property settlement agreement (PSA). After the divorce papers are filed, the PSA is presented to the court, and the divorce can be finalized soon after.
  • Economic mediation — In contested divorce, an Early Settlement Panel will suggest solutions based on how a judge would probably rule at trial. If the parties reject the recommendations, they must choose an approved mediator and attend mandatory mediation to try to work out their differences. Economic mediation covers only property, debts and financial support. (The family court conducts its own custody and parenting time mediation.)

Extensive Experience In Divorce Law And Mediation

Attorney Steven Martino is a Certified Matrimonial Law Attorney* who has handled divorce and custody for 25 years. He has long served on the Essex County Early Settlement Panel, which is made up of experienced divorce lawyers who volunteer their time to assist spouses in reaching out-of-court settlements. Mr. Martino is also certified by the court to serve as a mediator in economic mediations.

Divorce mediation works, but only when both sides are willing participants and forthcoming. Call 973-498-8787 or contact us online to discuss your situation with the Nutley, New Jersey, divorce attorneys of Iacullo Martino, LLC.

* Certified as a specialist in Matrimonial Law by the Board on Attorney Certification of the New Jersey Supreme Court.